The Reach Learning Disability charity’s annual charity bike ride, Reach Off Road, took place on May 7 when 428 riders took part, winding their way around the beautiful Trent Valley.

Riders of all abilities took part, from young families to experienced off-road riders.

The weather was beautiful and there was a wonderful buzz of excitement.

The event has so far raised around £6,500 and we hope this figure will rise as sponsorship money comes in.

We have had lots of encouraging messages from riders following the event, which included:“Enjoyed the challenging 20-mile route, great to see everyone enjoying themselves.”

“Brilliant event, our second year and great. Thanks to all the volunteers.”

“It was a fantastic event, thanks. Superbly organised and marshalled. The cakes and the sandwiches at the Flower Pod at the end were the best I’ve experienced at any similar event.”

We thank everyone who came and took part in the event and helped raise much-needed funds for Reach.

We say a huge thank you to our volunteer organising committee, volunteers, marshals, Southwell Explorers for assisting with parking, Buster Marquees, and all the enthusiastic cake-bakers who helped make hundreds of homemade cakes for the event.

We also thank the very co-operative local landowners and Simon Davis for the use of his rescue vehicles.

Thanks go to all our generous sponsors ­— Rode Cycles for providing a prize bike; Southwell Co-op and Newark Morrison’s for providing water; and M&S Newark, Maxeys Farm Shop, Bakkavor, The Olde Sweet Shoppe, Southwell, and Atherleys for providing refreshments.

Without the support of these wonderful people the event would not go ahead. ­— SARAH COBB, fundraising officer, Reach Learning Disability.